Welcome to Dads in Distress
Since its humble beginnings on a veranda in Coffs Harbour in 1999, DIDSS volunteers have impacted thousands of families across the nation, saved untold men on the brink of suicide, and seen many children reunited with their fathers and extended families.
We are now into our second decade of service to the Australian community, you can be sure that our primary concern of offering peer support to men going through separation from their partner and/or children has not changed.
We simply want to do it better and earlier, for the sake of all involved, especially the children.
This website is just one of the many recent innovations that reflects a new level of professionalism and collaboration. Whether you are a dad doing it tough, or a partner, friend or family member, concerned citizen or politician, professional or volunteer, we encourage you to join the website so we can tailor-make the help you need.
If you are a displaced parent we know from personal experience how tough this time must be for you. Our aim is to make it easier for men of every kind, culture and community to access all DIDSS services, and to link you to other reputable organisations.
You don’t have to go it alone.
What to do if recently separated:
Contact DIDSS on 1300 853 437 to get linked
into local supports and resources.
Keep a diary Jot down advice, contacts, decisions,
questions, issues, conversations.
Stay calm. Emotions can lead you to make rash decisions.
Keep a clear head to plan ahead.
Meet your obligations. Do what you can to maintain
your routine and get bills paid on time.
Look after yourself. Your kids need you to eat right,
sleep well, exercise, talk and stay positive.
Make the most of any contact. It may not be much
at first, but your kids will love it regardless.
Work towards a working relationship. Be patient and do
whatever you can to get on with your children’s mum, for their sake.